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User currently offlineFlexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5683 times:

With 6'9" I'm quite tall and I was wondering which airline / aircraft combination offers the best seats in economy?
I'm mostly interested in legroom, but IFE is important as well.

Also: Which airlines offer premium economy at an affordable surplus to the base economy fares?

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User currently offlineOta1 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5659 times:
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Have a look here:

vornesitzen.de...PremiumEconomy (German language only)


here:

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and here:

seatguru.com


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5540 times:

IIRC MH usually offers most legroom in Y (34" pitch). In Europe it doesn't really matter, all are more or less equally cramped, give or take an inch. There are a few carriers that offer Y+:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premium_Economy

Not sure which one is the most affordable, but it always pays to compare.



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User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1055 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5513 times:

MH and TG and OZ offer 34, EK offer around 33 on most aircraft, Long Haul Prem Eco is offered by BA, QF, VS, and BR.


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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13735 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5460 times:

I'd say that Emirates has a very good Economy Class assuming you get the "correct" aircraft.

33 - 34" seat pitch will help you and their ICE system is very user-friendly with a plethora of entertainment options.

You can check it out at http://www.emirates.com/english/flyi.../new_generation_economy_seats.aspx



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4650 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5454 times:



Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 3):
Long Haul Prem Eco is offered by BA, QF, VS, and BR.

And SAS....



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5365 times:



Quoting Singapore_Air (Reply 4):
I'd say that Emirates has a very good Economy Class assuming you get the "correct" aircraft.

On their B777-300ER the IFE is great and legroom ok, but the 10-abreast seating in Y leaves you very little shoulder room, even for a skinny guy like me it was really tight.


User currently offlineFlexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5337 times:



Quoting Andaman (Reply 6):
but the 10-abreast seating in Y

I always try to avoid AF 777s for that reason.

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 3):
Long Haul Prem Eco is offered by BA, QF, VS, and BR.

Since I'm mostly interested in transatlantic I'll have a look at BA and VS.
How are the fares compared to standard Y?

Quoting Ota1 (Reply 1):
Have a look here:

vornesitzen.de...PremiumEconomy (German language only)

Very good link, thanks!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5233 times:

Flexo:
Check out Olympic Airways too.
Not sure if this helps but they have footrest in coach and a very comfortable seat pitch on their A340s.



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5199 times:

Check out the Austrian Airlines too and try to get exit row seats. My experience with them was the best (including service, food etc.) among all the airlines I have flown.


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User currently offlineDavid21487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5185 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 9):
Check out the Austrian Airlines too and try to get exit row seats. My experience with them was the best (including service, food etc.) among all the airlines I have flown.

I flew Austrian once and everything was excellent, but found their seat pitch in coach to be awful. It was on the A319/320.



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 653 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5105 times:

Upper deck on 744s with EVA (BR) or AF has the best seat pitch in Y - up to 36" in some cases (used to be the same with SAA until they ceased 744 ops)


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User currently offlineCastropRauxel From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5046 times:



Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 3):
MH and TG and OZ offer 34

I have to say I felt very cramped in TG 744 - and I'm 5'9"!


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4992 times:



Quoting Flexo (Reply 7):
Quoting Andaman (Reply 6):
but the 10-abreast seating in Y

I always try to avoid AF 777s for that reason.

AF is 10-abreast in Y on the 777-300ER only. The -200ER is 9-abreast and much more comfortable. Same situation on KL.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

EY on their A345/6 is the best Y class product i've ever encountered.

EK would be equally good if they were nine abreast on their 777s.

TG's A340s are absolutely fantastic in Y as well.

Across the pond I'd say VS's LHR fleet would be the best option in terms of quality, but BA's 744 offering is very good as well.



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User currently offlineFutureflight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

SQ for Y, NZ for Y+ (Very reasonable price for what you receive; J class food, quality amenities, smaller cabin, larger seat width and pitch) .

Futureflight.


User currently offlineBHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4506 times:

Can I extend this thread with a very simple question - BA or VS for travelling economy transatlantic?

Thanks
Woody


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